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Dear  EAC Network Supporter,

EAC Network’s Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) reduces the trauma of child sexual/physical abuse or neglect and promotes the coordinated prosecution of offenders. The CAC, in conjunction with the Women of West Islip, Girl Scout Troops 551 and 897, the Economic Opportunity Council, and other community members who care, planted a pinwheel garden to represent that individuals can have a positive effect on a child’s life and that every child deserves a happy childhood.

To present the pinwheel garden, representatives and honored guests, including County Executive Steve Bellone, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, Islip Town Clerk Olga Murray, Suffolk County Department of Social Services Commissioner Frances Pierre, Jeanette Marino, representing Islip Town Councilwoman Mary Kate Mullen’s office, and Olga El Sehamy, Deputy Director of the Youth Bureau for Suffolk County, cut a blue ribbon, which is also a symbol of child abuse prevention.


Monthly Roundup

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TASC Experts Attend National Conference

EAC Network experts recently attended the National TASC Conference in Ohio, which brings hundreds of individuals from around the country to explore the latest advancements and issues in the treatment and recovery of justice-involved individuals with behavioral health needs. EAC Network's TASC and other behavioral health programs are internationally recognized for the impact they have on people's lives, thanks to our very own leadership team! From left to right: Jeanette Ackerman - Program Director Queens TASC; Crystal Stanton - Senior Director NYC TASC; Lisa Newman - Program Director Suffolk Transitional Case Management; Tania Peterson Chandler - VP of Operations & National TASC Board Member; Rhonda Wainwright-Jones - Senior Director LI TASC; Henry Algarin - Program Director Brooklyn TASC

CASA Team and Others Recognized

The 35th Annual Child Abuse & Neglect/Family Violence Volunteer and Professional Recognition Day Award Ceremony, sponsored by the Suffolk County Advisory Board on Child Protection and the Task Force to Prevent Family Violence, was recently held at the Wm. Rogers Legislative Auditorium. EAC Network had several members receive awards recognizing their efforts and accomplishments, including Sabrina Scheld from our Safe Harbour program, as well as our CASA team, comprised of Howard Lerner, Anne Marie Farrell, Daniel Costa, Elizabeth Matos, Jacqueline Moynihan, Kathy Stadelman, Laura Matto, Lisa McNeill, Lois Manfre, and Molly Micciche. Our Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center had nominated the New York Giving Doll, which also won an award. Congratulations, everyone, and thanks for all that you do!

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Seniors Honored for Older Americans Month

The Village of Hempstead recently honored two of EAC Network's seniors for "Older Americans Month." This year's theme encouraged older adults and their communities to:
- Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation
- Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment
- Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others
Congratulations to our very own Betty Posey and Denise Suffy (pictured with Village of Hempstead Mayor Don Ryan), for this recognition of your dedication to the community! 

Birthday Tribute Brings Ray of Sunshine 

 Bruce Butler is part of the kitchen team at our Long Beach Senior Center, and every day he gives weather announcements to our members. In honor of his birthday earlier this week, Center Manager Bonni Goetz honored him: "For Bruce Butler, our favorite weatherman: In honor of your birthday, it is my turn to do the weather report! Ever since you arrived at the senior center, you have been a ‘ray’ of ‘sunshine.’ You are at your post every morning and afternoon to greet people and to hold the door for them, which is especially helpful on those very ‘windy’ days." Read the full tribute here.

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Mental Health Diversion Program Aids Hundreds

Individuals with mental illness are over-represented in the criminal justice system and have other risk factors that make them more susceptible to being re-arrested. Through our Mental Health Diversion program, we are able to deter eligible offenders with serious mental health issues and possibly co-occurring substance abuse disorders out of the criminal justice system and provide them with case management and treatment in order to aid in their recovery. Learn more about Mental Health Diversion here.

Seniors Make Hats for Mother's Day

Members at our Port Washington Senior Center created beautiful hats as part of a Mother's Day arts and crafts project! Our Senior Centers provide seniors with a variety of activities such as socialization, recreation, health promotion, educational programs, and congregate meals, as well as fun holiday parties and other celebrations! Learn more about our Senior Centers in Port Washington, North Merrick, Hempstead, and Long Beach here and view more seniors and their handmade hats here.


EAC Network is a diverse not-for-profit human service agency that empowers, assists, and cares for over 82,000 children, families, individuals, and seniors who are in crisis across Long Island and New York City. Among those we assist are children who have been abused or who are in foster care, people struggling with addiction or mental illness, vulnerable seniors, individuals seeking gainful employment, and more.